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DOC initiates investigation into Mexican sugar subsidies, dumping

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that it would initiate an investigation to determine if the Mexican government has subsidized Mexico’s sugar production and whether that sugar is being dumped into the U.S. market.

CWB seeks complete ownership of Prairie West Terminal

CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, plans to acquire complete ownership of a west-Saskatchewan grain handling organization of which it currently is a minority owner.

Vt. Senate passes mandatory GMO food-labeling law

The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the first in the U.S. to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops.

Ag music parodist to speak April 22 in Fargo, N.D.

Greg Peterson, known for his music videos that involve agriculture, will speak at 7 p.m. April 22 in Sheppard Arena on the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo.

Titan Machinery closing 8 stores, eliminating 128 positions

Slow construction recovery was identified as the reason for the company’s downsizing. CEO David Meyer said in a news release that the realignment was necessary to ensure the future of the company.

CHS officials continue to review status of proposed plant

CHS corporate officials continue to review the status of the proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood, N.D., according to Carl Casale, CHS president and CEO. The latest information does not include a timeline for any future decisions.

STB orders railways to develop a plan to ship fertilizer for spring planting

On April 15, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced it would direct Canadian pacific Railway and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to report by April 18 their plans to make sure fertilizer is delivered to farmers for spring planting.

Oil traffic could delay US fertilizer shipments, farmers warn

Increasing use of railroads to ship crude oil could disrupt fertilizer cargo this spring as Midwest farmers prepare for planting, U.S. agriculture leaders warn, even as one railroad said on Monday it will take steps to ensure timely deliveries.

Sen. Franken talks sugar, rail service in East Grand Forks, Minn.

Sen. Franken talks sugar, rail service in East Grand Forks, Minn.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said he’ll do what he can to help Red River Valley sugar beet growers hurt by slow rail service and imports of subsidized Mexican sugar.

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Hoeven offers fix for IRS expense change

Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have introduced a bill to modify new IRS rules they say make it too difficult for family farmers and small business owners to deduct equipment repair and supply expenses

Hoeven: BNSF to dedicate resources to fertilizer delivery

The largest railroad company serving North Dakota will devote unit trains and crews to deliver fertilizer ahead of the spring planting season, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said this morning.

BNSF weekly report shows uneven progress on delays

Shuttle train turnaround times to the Pacific Northwest increased somewhat in the past week, according to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Those turnarounds, however, are still slower than grain elevators say they can accept.

Farmers still desperate for rail service

Farmers still desperate for rail service

The slow rail service threatening the livelihood of farmers in the Upper Midwest has gotten better in recent weeks, but at the Forest River Bean Co., the railcars ordered from BNSF or Canadian Pacific are still two to three months behind, said the company president.

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Lawsuit claims CME gave high-frequency traders special access

Lawsuit claims CME gave high-frequency traders special access

A group of traders has sued CME Group Inc., accusing the operator of the world’s largest derivatives exchange of selling market data to high-frequency traders, cheating other investors who lacked such access.

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CHS builds propane terminal to help compensate for Cochin Pipeline loss

CHS builds propane terminal to help compensate for Cochin Pipeline loss

CHS Inc.’s new rail-fed propane terminal west of Hannaford, N.D., is coming together — an important step as the industry ramps up to fill a void left by the discontinuation of the Cochin Pipeline terminal east of Carrington, N.D.

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